Ever wonder why so many Americans are disgusted with Washington? Look no further than the demoralizing display of Kabuki democracy surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline.

Why the showdown over the Keystone XL pipeline is totally pointless

Damon Linker The Week January 14, 2015

After more than six long years of argument, debate, protest, lobbying, and court rulings, a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is wending its way through the Senate. Once the bill has passed, it will be sent to the president’s desk, where Barack Obama has pledged to veto it, marking only the third time he has chosen to use that constitutional power, and the first time he has done so since 2010.

It’s exciting.

And also utterly pointless.

The strongest argument against the pipeline is that it will contribute in a significant way to increasing greenhouse gas emissions. The only problem is that everyone knows that the contribution will be negligible — with estimates ranging from 27 million to 110 million additional tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year out of a global total of roughly 40 billion tons. That’s an annual increase of somewhere between .0675 and .275 percent.

That’s right: the high-end estimate predicts that the pipeline will increase global greenhouse emissions by slightly more than one quarter of 1 percent.

But of course, stopping the pipeline would do no such thing. As everyone on both sides of the debate concedes, the Canadians will get their tar sands oil to market one way or the other, whether or not the pipeline is approved and built as proposed. (Rail transport is the most likely alternative.) And that means that rejecting the project will have essentially no impact on global carbon emissions.

And trains don’t contribute to Global Emissions, right? Or risk huge natural disasters and deaths as they pass through our cities and towns, right?

Yet the number of jobs at stake is as negligible as the projected increase in pollutants. Estimates place the number at around 2,000 annual temporary jobs over two years of pipeline construction, followed by 35 permanent positions once it’s up and running.

You heard that right: 35. Two digits; no zeros.

All of this is common knowledge. Pretty much no one on either side of the argument attempts to deny or refute any of it.

And yet here we are at the O.K. Corral, the Senate and president poised for a showdown.

Are you getting excited yet?  Feel the drama building and your blood boiling with passion?

Of course, for everyone in the country who isn’t an environmental activist, the hoopla defies comprehension. But hey, that’s the way our politics work now: enormous amounts of time, energy, and resources — and the president’s limited political capital — expended on a ploy to get a special-interest group trained and tested for…some as-yet-undetermined future fight.

Pssssssss – that’s the air going out of the drama balloon.  A whole bunch of time, money and energy wasted.  Oh wait, we are talking about politicians aren’t we.  Just sayin’…


“Why sleep at home when you can sleep in Congress?” – Will Rogers

Government by CRomnibus – blind, deaf and dumb: Column

U.S. Issues Marijuana Guidelines for Banks

By  FEB. 14, 2014

The Obama administration on Friday issued guidelines intended to give banks confidence that they will not be punished if they provide services to legitimate marijuana businesses in states that have legalized the medical or recreational use of the drug, even though it remains illicit under federal law.

The guidance, which requires banks to vigorously monitor their marijuana-industry customers, was provided by the Treasury Department and the Justice Department in separate advisories. The policy does not grant immunity from prosecution or civil penalties to banks that serve legal marijuana businesses. But it directs prosecutors and regulators to give priority to cases only where financial institutions have failed to adhere to the guidance.

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Why Obama won’t support Keystone XL Pipeline

Warren Buffet owns the railroads that now move all the oil that would have gone through the pipeline.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/warren-buffetts-burlington-bet-2013-1#ixzz2s1iiE5bT

John Kerry is married to Theresa Heinz.

Warren Buffet owns 50% of HJ Heinz.

Keystone’s big mystery: What will John Kerry do?

By ANDREW RESTUCCIA | 1/31/14 3:54 PM EST Updated: 1/31/14 6:17 PM EST

The fate of the Keystone XL oil pipeline is now in John Kerry’s hands — and greens say the secretary of state’s legacy as a climate champion is at stake.

Kerry spent much of his Senate career at the center of the global warming debate, fighting an unsuccessful battle for climate legislation in the face of an often apathetic Congress. He wrote a 2007 book on environmentalism that included a chapter saying we face a “decisive decade” on climate change, and he warns in his speeches that the world is “inviting catastrophe” by ignoring the issue.

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And, because no politician is swayed by donors, guess who gave $1 Billion dollars of support to Obama?

TUE JUL 31, 2012 AT 11:38 AM PDT

Warren Buffett’s 1 Billion Dollar Campaign Contribution


Warren Buffett has fired a proverbial shot that is sure to send GOP leaders shrieking to their favorite conservative media outlets.  In a race already dominated by the spending of billionaires such as Charles and David Koch, Sheldon Adelson and others, Buffet just bigfooted them all. So far, the conservative Super PACs American Crossroads, Restore our Future and Americans for Prosperity have spent about $80 million dollars on the presidential election, far more than the official Romney campaign.

Warren Buffett

Buffett’s answer: I see your $80 mil and raise you $920 million.* Yes, a cool one billion for the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA Action.

More below the doodle.

Previously, Buffet was reluctant to inject his money into the race:

“I don’t want to see democracy go in that direction.”

Apparently, we can all presume Mr. Buffet got over his reluctance when he saw all the profits he could make at his railroad…..
Some reporter with a few resources ought to be looking into the source of the donations that support all those environmental groups that are opposed to the deadline and see if they might lead to Mr. Buffet or one on his companies.  Oh wait, the Fourth Estate is no longer independent, it’s left to people like me and you to let the world know what is really going on without the bias of a political agenda.